Time has come to join the dark side. Take a trip to the other side of Teana, to the part of the world that has yet remained unseen to the royal bounty hunters.
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Release Date: Aug 19, 2014

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About This Game

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King’s Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!

Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.

Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

  • New companion system (different companions for each character);
  • New battle companion;
  • New units, artifacts, and rage abilities;
  • Over 100 new quests and 15 new locations.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP (SP3 required), Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2.6 GHz and better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 6600 with 128 Mb VRAM or similar AMD card
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compliant
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1,167 of 1,281 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
414.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
First of all, I would like to say I am a fan of the King's Bounty series and Darkside is not a bad game. Actually, it has the potential to be one of its best installments. The key word being "potential".
Unfortunately, I cannot possibly recommend buying it to anyone. After one month participating in the early access program, I logged 400+ hours playing and testing it. I posted several suggestions in the forum and took part in several other discussions posted by others. The developers gave us, non-russian speaking customers, almost ZERO feedback. All we got were sporadic monosyllabic posts about technical issues. They posted no information about patches and/or the work that was being done.
They pushed back the release date 5 days without warning us - let alone telling us why they did it. After these 5 days there was a cosmetic 10 meg patch and that was it. The product was out.
As it happens, the game they put in the market bears very little difference from the beta version I started playing one month ago. There are huge empty areas, very little or imprecise information about several quests, many balance issues, unclear tooltips, and possibly a number of minor/major bugs. In short, it is NOT a finished product. I expect (and hope) there will be future patches to change all this. But, unless you want to buy an unfinished product, I would wait a few months to buy it on sale.
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384 of 454 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Early access project that was released is still unfinished. Game lacks balance, zones like Wintehill are in alpha stage. After playing some hours i decided to wait for game upgrade to full release to avoid spoilers but FULL RELEASE was a 10mb insult patch. At current state this is NOT worth your time nor money. Please check this game forum before considering purchase.

Edited: This game never was at Kickstarter...
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175 of 195 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
98.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 11, 2014
It's a good game overall. It really is, gives almost as much enjoyment as previous iterations. So why the thumb down? Because there are issues which I'm not willing to see in future releases of this game, nor in any other games for that matter.

There are reviews saying that the developers completly ignored the community. I personally don't care if devs are listening to community or not, as long as they're good enough to release a consistent product. Which this is not. In far too many places it looks like the devs (level designers mostly) were thinking "ok, here's a draft of a level, I'll save it now and finish it some time closer to the deadline", and then never did.
First catacombs are ridiculously lined with eggs along the corridors walls, just like someone would launch a level editor and made click, click, click, click to spray them in few minutes and voila! We have a level!
On Whitehill there was not enough will to do even that, it's just a barren land with a couple of enemies and badly aligned textures.
Aralan feels deserted even thought there's no reason for that in the story, it's an Elven mainland!
Most other levels are ok, but from time to time you'll see things that strike you how someone couldn't be arsed to finish something on a decent level.
You don't release something in such a merry state, they should rather cut such unfinished content alltogether. Now it's like a lovely pie with a ball of poo on top instead of a cherry.

Then there are bugs. Not game breaking ones (I haven't had even a single in-game crash), rather little or bigger annoyances. Like inability to have an aspect-ratio correct display with sharp graphics (everything gets soft-scaled with some blurry filter), unless you switch your monitor to game's native resolution (1680x1050) without scaling, which makes things look better (but still not perfect). Or crashes when you switch resolutions (had to edit the configuration file manually). Or crash on every exit. Or some badly working spells. Etc.
The point is that it's not that the devs ignore the community. They outright abandoned the product - there were practically no meaningful patches, and probably never will be.

What annoys me most is that publisher is now probably sitting there scoffing "we released a 20% unfinished product and look how it sells! lets make the next one 60% unfinished, straight in the customers face hahaha!"
And they will charge it 30 euro, with 60% of levels being deserted whitehill lined with eggs, provided that you'll get out of washed-out main menu without a crash, to be fixed with the next patch, which will never come. And we'll buy it.

And that's why I thumb it down. To have the next King Bounty as well designed as The Legend, as bug-free as Crossworlds, and as rich as WotN.

As to what I liked: the overall story is fun, even though I don't empathise with evil scum (I'd rather be a hero). Some dialogues are ingenious, but some are childish (I guess there were several writers). There are no bosses (except the final enemy), which I never liked. There's some new beautifull music by Lind Erebros (he's a russian Paul Romero ;).
And it's generally another King's Bounty, which is never enough.

Go get it, and then thumb it down to let the devs/publishers know that they can do better.
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205 of 243 people (84%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
53.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
Please fix the game!!!
I played all the previous KB games and I must say that I'm very dissapointed with this release.
First of all, the early game lacks balance, you have to face armies that stronger than you with very little choice of spells so it's quite frustrating to replenish your army repeatedly.
There are some area that nearly empty that make me ask why it was created in the first place.
The story seems interesting but lack of balances make me feel very stressful after each encounter.
I'll not touch this again until they could fix it properly.

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153 of 179 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
87.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 3, 2014
Somewhere in 1C Software's offices in Moscow, there's some sad little gnome locked in a cage with a computer, cranking out sequels to 2008's King's Bounty: The Legend. Apparently, the only tool at his disposal is a level editor, since Armored Princess, Crossroads and Warriors of the North have been pretty much the same game over and over again. Is it any wonder that Dark Side is no different? If you've played any of the previous titles mentioned, you know exactly what to expect from this game: There's just nothing new or fresh to it, everything looks and feels like you've seen and played it before - because you have. Almost 30 hours in, I just can't bring myself to continue playing. It's just so incredibly dull. Been there, done that. Yes, King's Bounty: The Legend was great. But with each installment, each failure to actually add something new and exciting, I liked the series less and less. What were small annoyances in The Legend (the chaotic quest log, the useless maps, the horrible path finding, the inflexible camera, the small battlefields or the down-time due to travelling and restocking) have by now become major issues for me.

Please, 1C, set that sad little gnome free, hire some talented programmers and give us something really new for a change. A true sequel for once, not the same game with a new logo again.
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101 of 111 people (91%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2015
As a huge fan of all the King's Bounty games published by 1C Company, this game was a big let down. I don't know what happened here, but the quality control was completely lacking.

After playing the first game in the series, I never hesitated to pick up the sequels on launch day. I could play these games forever. When Dark Side came out (and I had no idea it was in the works), there was a lot of negative sentiment and complaints of the game being bug ridden. I had faith in the developers, so I decided I would wait to pick it up until they had time to iron out the bugs. As the 4th (5th?) game in this series, I knew that the UI, combat systems, character development, were all very mature, so any bugs in the game would have to be related to quests and items specific to this game, which is really just content.

After some time went by, they dropped some big patches and a "Premium Edition" for the game, and it went on sale for a large discount. I figured this was the signal that it was time to give it a go, I was excited to have another chapter in the Kings Bounty universe to explore! The reality was a little different.

There is no Kings Bounty universe to explore here. The worlds filled with secrets, quests, and story wonder are completely absent. What you get are large maps, that are distinctly Kings Bounty areas, with pretty much nothing on them. Where you'd ordinarily have criss-crossing side quests, caches of items in every cranny, buried treasures, and a wicked gauntlet of enemy mobs to navigate, there was instead long hallways full of spider eggs, and nothing else, towns filled with houses with no residents. Guards with no dialogue. Gates that don't actually open. Dead ends with nothing in them. Large open rooms with not a single monster or treasure in them. I couldn't go on.

To me, it seems like the team that worked on the other games had little to no involvement with this game. They polished the engine and the map making tools to a degree that perhaps ANYONE could use them to make a Kings Bounty game, but that's not necessarily who SHOULD make a kings bounty game. This one feels like it was made by someone's nephew, who wanted to get some experience in the video game industry, and obviously nobody at the company ever played it, because I can't imagine that it would get the seal of approval from anyone involved in the previous games. It should be called "King's Bounty: Experimenting With the Map Maker".

I hate to think that I now have to give conditional recommendations to the King's Bounty games. "Yes, try King's Bounty! Oh, except for Dark Side, that game sucks." People don't respond to those kinds of recommendations, and if someone happens upon this series by chance and plays this game first, they certainly won't be coming back for more, and will instead miss out on the magic of the other games. That's sad. This game should not exist, and I'm sorry to have to say it.
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106 of 118 people (90%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
49.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2015
King's Bounty : Dark Side comes in with a fresh viewpoint and good intentions-it is a big step forward over the dullsville that was Warriors of the North, but after starting relatively strong the game becomes a repetitive, challenge-free grindfest that saps your will to press on and finish the game.

The game has a few seemingly unrelated issues that come together in the midgame that really make it boring to play:

  • The game is not set up will to allow you to change out armies easily-you don't have anywhere to put your effective, proven army compositions in storage while you try out a new army type, and recruiting a new army from scratch is super expensive for most of the game. As a result, every fight plays out the same, and since you generally fight the same armies over and over, you wind up banging your head for hours playing the same fight with different permutations over and over.
  • Once it stops being expensive, it doesn't matter becuase the game becomes so easy (even on Impossible, the difficultly I played at) , the units are poorly balanced and while the game does its best to just overwhelm you with AI stack sizes it doesn't really matter, your armies still crush them due to abilities and stats.
  • The game is just too long, areas drag out and any novelty of being the bad guy is drained away as you get two pages of interesting story for every few hours of grinding fights.

I've played every KB game since The Legend, and I appreciate the fresh take on the story that Dark SIde is trying to do, but it is unfortunate that the rest of the game didn't get that same fresh coat of paint. I'm not opposed to playing games that take a long time to complete, but those games must make me change up my routine and present interesting strategy gaming play, which Dark Side does initially but fails to do as the game's systems scale out to larger numbers (in both stats and army size).

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177 of 231 people (77%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
149.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20, 2014
The game is still in beta with some bugs in a day after release!
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142 of 190 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
72.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: June 4, 2014
King's Bounty: Dark Side (Early Access Version)

So, what´s the Dark Side all about? Mainly it´s a bit of a fresh take storywise (and therefore also regarding your troops), since you don´t play another boring good guy hero, but finally you can help the forces of darkness, which are being overwhelmed by their enemies, the supposedly heroes. Poor orc babies are slaughtered by mean elves, century old vampires are cowardly destroyed by slimy vampire hunters and the beautiful demons are driven from their lava pools by ugly human paladins.

So far so good or rather dark, now what´s in it, beside a real refreshing background story?

Firstly the engine is the same as in the other games of the series, so are many basic gameplay mechanisms. Therefore this game propably won´t appeal to people who are complaining about that KB series just repeats itself.

Also the "choosing" of your heroes race and class, is not as free as the marketing may claim. Basically you have your orc warrior, your Demoness "paladin" and your vampire sorcerer. Though they not only differentiate in their main skill tree, but also partly in story and even the companions you can get. So while you don´t have real free customization, the replayability is as good as never before imo.

Naturally there are also new rage skills, new units (some are real new units, some are variations of existing ones, for example the human traitors), many new item sets etc. A handy new feature is your own "base", where you have an amount of dark basic troops and a teleportation ability, which eliminates some grinding and extra ways. Furthermore you can and have to improve the base, steadily opening new options.

Since the game is still early access there are still some bugs in it, some unbalanced things and some quests which lack proper description (but knowing the series, maybe the last part will stay that way ;) ). Overall though i had a quite good and stable experience in my 30+ hours.

Conclusio: for fans of the series and/or for fans of a bit more dark (but extremly funny imo) scenario this game is a clear recommendation, for critics who want something totally new, this won´t be it.
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55 of 65 people (85%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
58.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 6, 2015
This has "we don't care" written all over it. For example:
One of the starting/tutorial-ish areas is this huge island with 3 armies to defeat, and absolutely nothing else. Nothing to collect, no sightseeing, no hidden booty. They even give you a ship so you can sail all around the island and make absolutely sure that, indeed, there is nothing else to do there. (other areas are ok)

The writing has the same vibe, though they do try to be funny. There's a fair share of really silly dialogues and a few embarassingly bad ones. The English localisation is ok but you can tell the game was written in Russian.

Quests are bland and sometimes feel they're only there to waste time between battles. Bait and switch endings, questgivers that send you to the same place several times, handful of fetch quests.

Skip unless you only care about the combat.
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101.7 hrs
Posted: October 15
La saga King's Bounty es genial como rpg y como juego de estrategia.
La temática e historia de Dark Side me gustó más que las anteriores. El combate y la sinergía de las unidades de demonios y nomuertos me parece más divertida.
El principal fallo es que algunos hechizos y habilidades no están bien equilibrados.

Esperemos pronto hagan un King's Bounty 2 como se debe, con nuevo motor gráfico, nuevas mecánicas, clases, hechizos, animaciones y mejor equilibrio de habilidades.
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4.3 hrs
Posted: September 23
Not liked this game. The units not get XP. The text font size is so small that is hard to read. The gameplay is repetitive.
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0.9 hrs
Posted: September 23
I really like this series and I always seem to come back and play. However, Dark Side has some serious bugs on MAC OS. I couldn't play for more than 10 mins and it crashes unexpectadly. Given that the game was released in 2014, it seems that it will not get fixed.

I bought this as part of the KB bundle that included all the serious at a great discount Obviously, I am upset, but at least I bought it at a discount.

For anyone starting new in this series, I would grab the other titles and not even attempt Dark Side.

Hope that helps.

Have fun gaming y'all :)
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
Keeps crashing on a Mac. Cannot change graphics settings. Would love to play it otherwise.
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66.9 hrs
Posted: September 5
When I first played King's Bounty The Legend, I was blown away. It was so much fun and I replayed it through multiple times. The game was rich with lore, humour, engaging tactics, and so much more. It represented an awesome reboot of the old Sega King's Bounty game from 1990.

King's Bounty Armoured Princess refined and perfected all that was good in King's Bounty the Legend. Crossworlds added a nice facelift of that game.

Then the franchise began to grow tired. King's Bounty Warriors of the North felt repetitive, but still had some positive parts.

This latest installment - King's Bounty: Dark Side is very very staid and tired. The game offers virtually nothing that is new: same graphics, same gameplay, same everything, more or less. Even playing with creatures of the darkside - the games supposed Unique Selling Point - has already been an option in all of the earlier King's Bounty games.

Moreover, KB:DS feels rushed and underdeveloped. The islands feel sparse and seem to have been designed with little attention to detail. The game objectives feel odd and cumbersome. It's all just tired and dull.

Really, the developers (1C: Company) need to come up with something fresh or the franchise is going to die a slow and torturous death. Their current plan of releasing poorly done expansions as sequels is frustrating and something of a slap in the face for their fan base, who love the game but want something more. I have to rate this game a thumbs down and hope that yet another bad review will signal to the developers that the next King's Bounty game cannot be yet another extension of the formula they made in 2008 (yes, 8 years ago now!) and must represent a major overhaul. Otherwise, this is probably the last KB game that I will buy, which is a shame.

So, no, KB: Dark Side is not worth buying. Save your money and hope that 1C will release King's Bounty 2 sometime in the nearish future.
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1.0 hrs
Posted: August 30
Unfinished game, nowhere near KBTL or KBAP.
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99.9 hrs
Posted: August 24
How did I even spend nearly 100 hours on this game? Well, Its fun, in my eyes. I have a few other Kings Bounty games that I've played like, 2 minutes of and overall this one is my favourite. That being said, I love the mechanics of battle, I like the characters, and I LOVE that the game doesnt seem to hold your hand through all the quests. Theres just stuff you have to find and figure out for yourself. I havent encountered any bugs, and hope not to in the future.
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49.0 hrs
Posted: August 18
The writing for this game is hideously embarassingly bad. Actually embarassingly bad is an insult to the courageous 2nd graders who try their hand at writing. Someone was paid to write this terribly, and thats terrible. Expect every encounter with anyone to end in a scripted battle, a la icewind dale without any of the charm. That being said the fighting mechanics and leveling system are fine. I'd recommend it for turn based fans, anyone else is better off buying HoMM 3 for 10 bucks.
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149.6 hrs
Posted: July 30
LOVE the King's Bounty series, and this one is certainly great BUT

. The quests in this one are stupid, annoying, and take away from the fun and typical KB series
. There are TOO many lands, with you having to go back and forth CONSTANTLY
. You commonly have no idea where to go to next, so you end up going back and forth between 15 lands, revisiting every path, again, and again, and again, and again, furthering one tiny quest here and there

If you enjoy King's Bounty style or early Might and Magic games, go play something else. If you enjoy CONSTANT and HORRIBLY vague quests that you have to look up, read every answer, then waste another half an hour to DAYS, with the answer in your hand, trying to still figure them out, well this game is for you.

Also, the game is unbelievably unbalanced. Having finished all of the King Bounties before this and all of Might & Magics and every other similar game, I could not get through the beginning of the game with 2/3 classes at all, and it took a dozen tries to get past the start of the game.

Now I destroy "invincible" armies left and right. This is just bad on top of bad on top of bad decision, design, and path. I hope everyone involved in creating this garbage is fired and the next King's bounty goes back to its roots.
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25.6 hrs
Posted: July 15
I have no idea why this game gets so much negative feedback. I haven't finished it yet, but so far it's as good as all the other parts. There are witty dialogues, funny references and a huge variety of interesting monsters and skills. I can't see anything to complain about. The concept of creating a force against the Light by collecting allies and evolving a Headquarters is very interesting and gives you a lot of options on how to play. I love it and enjoy it very much and I really hope this won't be the last King's Bounty part after so much negative feedback.
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